By Lt. Laura K. Stegherr, Diversity Directorate Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As announced by NAVADMIN 405/10, the Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA) will host the 24th annual Women's Leadership Symposium at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina March 15-16, 2011.
With a theme of "Connect. Empower. Succeed," this year's symposium will focus on education and career development and will provide networking and mentoring opportunities for active, Reserve and civilian members of the sea services.
Key events include panels on women in nation building, workshops on professional development, health and financial issues, dual-military couples and work-life integration discussions. Communities will also host individual breakout sessions to address unique issues and activities within their specific fields.
Invited speakers include Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead; Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden; Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the military's first female four-star general; U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson; and Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.
The recipients of the Captain Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award will also be recognized during the symposium awards luncheon March 15.
Established in 1978, SSLA is the only nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to providing professional development through networking, education and mentorship for women in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Each year, the symposium grows in popularity. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the symposium. For the first time, the 2011 symposium will be also open to Army and Air Force attendees, making it possibly the largest gathering of female service members in the country.
All members of the Navy Total Force, including active, Reserve and civilian members of all ranks and general schedule, or GS pay scale, levels, are encouraged to attend the symposium. Commanding officers are authorized to issue temporary additional duty orders, to include registration, transportation, lodging and per diem. Selected reserve personnel are authorized to participate in a paid drill status.
Enlisted personnel are also encouraged to attend. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. West is a confirmed speaker at the symposium. SSLA is also waiving registration fees for the first 50 junior enlisted members, ranks E1 to E6, who register.
Those interested in attending, visit http://www.sealeader.org/ to register.
Nominations are due Jan. 25, 2011. Packages may be submitted via the command's ISIC to Chief Operational Specialist Jessica Myers at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the awards, including a nomination template, visit http://www.persnet.navy.mil/AboutUs/BUPERS/WomensPolicy/Joy+Bright+Hancock+Award.htm.
More information on the 2011 SSLA Joint Women's Leadership Symposium is available at http://www.sealeader.org.
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